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SMALL-AMOUNT POT BUSTS CONTINUE

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

mtpd-patrol-car• On September 29, 2011 at approximately 1:00 am Patrolman Keith Hirschbein responded to the Henry Hudson Trail in reference to a report of two juveniles passed out. Upon arrival the officer located the two juveniles and observed one of them attempt to throw away several items he had in his hand. The officer retrieved the items which were identified as a wooden pipe containing Marijuana and a glass pipe used to smoke Marijuana.

Officer Hirschbein arrested the 14 year old male juvenile from Middletown, NJ, for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date. The second juvenile was transported home.

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PARKER HOUSE WINS REGISTER ENTRY

parker-homestead-2007The Parker homestead, seen here in 2007, dates back to (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The Parker House, Little Silver’s oldest surviving homestead, has won addition to the state Register of Historic Places, Mayor Bob Neff tells redbankgreen.

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MENNA SEEKS FOUR-TOWN COURTROOM

rb-council-chambersThe location of the proposed court is up in the air, says Mayor Pasquale Menna. (Click to enlarge)

By MOLLY MULSHINE

Taking a cue from three other Monmouth County towns, Red Bank’s mayor has invited leaders of neighboring boroughs to consider forming a joint court system to cut costs.

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TWO CARS STOLEN FROM SAME OWNER

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By JOHN T. WARD

Thieves stole two cars from the same owner Tuesday evening, Fair Haven police say.

A Range Rover and a Mercedes, both parked in a driveway unlocked and with keys inside, were taken sometime between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p,m., Detective Jesse Dykstra tells redbankgreen.

“During dinnertime,” he said. “It was pretty brazen.”

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TEEN CHARGED WITH SPITTING ON COP

mtown-police-badge1Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

• On September 25, 2011 at approximately 8:20 pm Patrolman James Beirne responded to the Shoprite Store in reference to a report of a shoplifting. Upon arrival he was advised by store security that they had observed Gabrielle Santopietro, age 22, from 7th Street in Union Beach, NJ, attempt to steal two packages of cosmetics and leave the store without paying.

Officer Beirne arrested Santopietro for Shoplifting. She was transported to police headquarters for processing and was released pending a court date.

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‘FLAVOUR’ TO TEASE TASTE BUDS AND MORE

rb-flavourA screen grab from the Red Bank Flavour website. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A restaurant-and-bar-led consortium has rolled out a multi-front web marketing campaign to boost Red Bank’s profile as a cultural destination.

Dubbed Red Bank Flavour, the campaign’s aim is to resharpen the town’s dulled edge as Monmouth County’s go-to place for dining and nightlife, a distinction it lost in recent years with the rise of Pier Village in Long Branch and the two-fisted resurgence of Asbury Park’s downtown and boardwalk.

“It’s about bringing people back to Red Bank, and letting people know that we’re still very vibrant,” says Valerie Aufiero of Front Street Trattoria.

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RESIDENT STUMPS FOR SLIGHTED MAYOR

elk-ridge-092611Ambassador Drive, serving the Elkridge condominium complex off Spring Street, is the only public tribute to late Red Bank Mayor Katharine Elkus White, seen below in 1948. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

katherine-elkus-white-1948She was Red Bank’s first, and only, female mayor. She also served four years as America’s ambassador to Denmark, was a champion of civil rights and women’s equality, and once frosted political opponents who wanted a peek into her bedroom.

But driving around town, you would hardly know Katharine Elkus White had existed, says Oakland Street resident Carl Colmorgen.

He hopes to change that.

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WEEKEND WRECKS LEAD TO DWI CHARGES

impaled-092611A street sign impaled a tree on Broad Street as a result of predawn accident that destroyed a utility pole and led to a shutdown of the road for several hours Sunday. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Two motorists face charges of drunk driving after their involvement in accidents four hours apart over the weekend, Red Bank police said.

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DRIVER REFUSES CARE AFTER TRAIN HITS CAR

train-v-car-092611 Emergency personnel on the scene Monday night. Below, the driver of the car was briefly trapped. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

driverA North Jersey Coast Line train struck the the driver’s side of a car at a grade crossing in Red Bank Monday evening.

But the car’s driver, after being carefully extricated and readied for transport to a hospital, walked out of an ambulance refusing treatment, a witness tells redbankgreen.

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RUMSON TO REPLACE RIVERFRONT HOUSE

victory-park-house-092511A derelict house next door to Victory Park will be razed and replaced with a boathouse for RFH Rowing, the mayor says. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rumson officials expect this week to advance a plan to demolish a vacant riverfront home the town bought for $875,000 three years ago.

In its place, says Mayor John Ekdahl, will likely rise a new structure expected to serve as home to the borough’s nascent rowing program.

What the new facility will look like – and how much it will cost – remain to be determined, Ekdahl tells redbankgreen. But the bill, which could easily approach $1 million, will be be borne by donors, not taxpayers, he said.

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POLICE SEEK INFO ON SUSPECT HANDYMAN

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• On September 21, 2011 at approximately 1:55 pm police responded to the Thassian Mechanical Contractors Business located on Highway 36 in reference to a report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival a witness advised officers that they had observed a subject attempting to pry his way into the building with a crow bar. The witness provided the officer with the suspect’s description which was broadcasted to patrols in the area.

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POP STAR TOUTS ADVIL FOR SOUL KITCHEN

soul-kitchen-092611A production crew swarmed the Jon Bon Jovi-supported Soul Kitchen on Monmouth Street in Red Bank Monday morning as the pop star prepared to shoot a commercial for pain-reliever Advil that will tout the not-yet-officially-open pay-what-you-can restaurant.

Plans for an official opening of the eatery have not yet been finalized, a Soul Foundation spokeswoman tells redbankgreen. (Click to enlarge)

HOOFING IT ACROSS THE OCEANIC

wagon-2wagon-1While boating on the Navesink River Sunday, Mike McMahon of Little Silver spotted a caravan of six or eight coaches, each drawn by a team of four horses and carrying passengers done up in historical finery, thundering across the Oceanic Bridge from Middletown to Rumson Sunday. McMahon says panels were laid over the open steel grating of the drawbridge section to enable the horses to cross.

Anyone know what this was all about? (Photos by Michael McMahon. Click to enlarge)

FALL CLOSEOUT FOR RED BANK YARD SALE

Goods were moved and cash changed hands as some 120 homes participated in the fourth annual edition of the Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale on Saturday.

redbankgreen was there for the final fall version of this favorite, which moves to Spring next May 7 5.

Meantime, there’s the book sale today at the Red Bank Public Library, where shoppers can fill a bag with reading material for just $5. Like the yard sale, the book sale is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library, which helps pay for enhanced programs at the West Front Street facility.

TWO INJURED IN MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH

chestnut-crash-2One vehicle, a pickup truck, ended up on its side with two occupants briefly trapped inside outside the Armory Ice Rink. Below, one of the injured being strapped to a brace for transport to a hospital. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

chestnut-crash-3An accident involving at least three vehicles left two men injured and a trail of devastation along Chestnut Street in Red Bank Saturday night.

Police and emergency volunteers extricated two men from a black pickup truck that ended up on its left side outside the Red Bank Armor Ice Rink in the crash, which occurred around 10 p.m.

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NO INJURIES IN LITTLE SILVER CAR V. POLE

branch-crash-092311Strange physics appear to have been at work as an SUV smacked a utility pole in Little Silver and ended up wedged between the pole and a street sign at around 3:40 p.m. Friday. There were no injuries in the one-vehicle crash, which occurred on Branch Avenue at Bennett Lane. (Click to enlarge)

FLOWERS, STATIONARY BIKES ON THE MOVE

flowers-on-front-092211The Front Street Florist has new ownership and will reopen next week as Flowers on Front. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallIn this, our 60th Retail Churn report: a Red Bank flower shop changes hands, and so does a bike-workout facility.

But while the flower store is staying put under a new name, the bike gym seems to be on the move…

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RECENT RED BANK POLICE ACTIVITY

rbpd-patrol-083111The crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of September 16 to September 23, 2011. Bulletins for the period of August 26 to September 16 are not available, a department employee tells redbankgreen. This information is unedited.

Lost or missing report on 9-20-11 at 362 Broad St.-Foodtown.  Victim reported that while shopping, she inadvertently left her purse in the store.  Upon returning purse was not located. Contained medication, keys, etc. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.

Theft occurring on 9-20-11 at Wallace Street Parking lot.  Victim reported that unknown person(s) siphoned gas from her gas tank of parked vehicle.  Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

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WOMAN HAS A BONE TO PICK OVER DOG LAW

delynn-mehrlanderDelynn Mehrlander with Henry, the yellow lab pup she got after the death of her last dog. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

When Little Silver resident Delynn Mehrlander got a notice in the mail earlier this year reminding her to re-license her dog, Jode, she tossed it away.

Jode, a 10-year-old yellow lab, had been put down with cancer five months earlier, so there was no dog to license, she reasoned.

About a month ago came a summons, telling her she’d violated the local animal licensing law.

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RAIN DOMINATES FORECAST

yard-sale-091209Sellers and shoppers coped with on-and-off showers during the 2009 edition of the Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale. (Click to enlarge)

You have to scroll pretty far down in the National Weather Service forecast to find mention of the sun today.

It’s not the best outlook for would-be participants in the Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, the 2011 Rumson Boat Race and the Guinness Oyster Festival, among other outdoor events on the Go On Green calendar.

The Weather Channel says we’re in for 2 to 4 inches of rain from Friday into early next week.

Here’s the NWS outlook:

Today: A chance of rain and thunderstorms, then rain and possibly a thunderstorm after 8am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 75. Calm wind becoming southeast between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

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OYSTERFEST II SLIDES INTO TOWN SUNDAY

oysterfest-2010-1The event is once again a showcase for borough-based eateries, organizers say. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

An ongoing effort by Red Bank restaurateurs to reclaim downtown visitors and show off their skills with a spatula marks a milestone Sunday.

That’s when the second edition of the Guinness Oyster Festival, an event widely considered a success in its 2010 inaugural, returns to the White Street municipal parking lot for an afternoon of food, dry stout and music Sunday.

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TOWNWIDE YARD SALE SET FOR SATURDAY

rbtys-2010-1Scenes from the 2010 edition of the Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale. (Photos by Peter Lindner. (Click to enlarge)

rbtys-2010-2Some 116 residents are registered to participate as sellers in the fourth annual Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, slated for Saturday.

In conjunction with a used-book sale scheduled for Monday, the event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library, which helps pay for enhanced programs at the West Front Street facility.

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